Long time followers of my blog will know that Mike and I are mostly do-it-yourselfers.
When we wanted a new kitchen, we did it ourselves. You may remember my kitchen chronicles from a few summers ago. We painted our dining room, living room, and hallway about a year ago (or was it longer?)
This time, it's the exterior-a monumental job.
Our house was built in 1935, and still has most of it's original windows (six over six and four over fours) and cedar shake siding. While I love the charm these features offer, they are a PAIN IN THE BUTT to maintain.
When you live in the city, and have close neighbors, you need to choose something that fits in with the rest of your immediate area. (Well, you don't NEED to, but I think it's the kind thing to do. Which is why we vetoed Charlie's suggestion that we paint it navy blue.)
I felt it was time for a change from the blue, and after consulting my color wheel determined that we needed to find a green that would work. Again, far too many choices, but we settled on 'Old Vine'. Mike was skeptical, but as we are progressing on the project the color is growing on him (as well as seeping into his skin and fingernails...).
And this is the side of our house, before....
So hopefully once the first snow flies our home will be done and ready for winter, and then we can find inside projects to tackle. Shhhh-don't tell Mike I said that.
Do YOU do it yourself? Do you do it because you enjoy it, or to save money? Or are you lucky enough to have a big budget, and people? Lately, I am wishing I had both of those things...